In his Reliable Sources newsletter, Stelter’s apologetic tone went a step further.
Advocates of ethical journalism would profoundly disagree with Stelter. There is, in fact, a “perfect solution” for a media personality who allegedly used his media prowess to help his governor brother finagle a serious scandal without disclosing his actions to his audience and, in fact, downplaying what he did: resignation or termination.
“Hosting a prime-time television show is a privilege, not a right. Chris Cuomo doesn’t need to be drummed out of journalism, but he does need to face repercussions,” the Atlantic’s David Graham wrote. “By keeping Cuomo on the air and in his job, CNN would send the message that journalistic ethics are only for the little people and viewers are on their own.”
What was the response to Stelter?
Considering how aggressively Stelter covers Fox News and routinely criticizes the Fox News’ decisions, Stelter’s dismissive response triggered mockery and condemnation.
Lindsey Boylan, who accused Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, said Stelter’s response embodies why abusive people stay in power.
Janice Dean from Fox News called it “ridiculous.”
Becket Adams from the Washington Examiner, meanwhile, responded with another Chris Cuomo quote from August that directly contradicts the new revelations.
Washington Free Beacon reporter Chuck Ross mocked Stelter, joking that the CNN host would cover the story on his Sunday TV show.
What did CNN say?
Regarding the revelations, CNN said the network would conduct a “thorough review” of the documents.
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” the statement said. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
Cuomo did host his prime-time show Monday evening.